Some residents of Old NEPA Road in Kuje Area Council of the FCT on Tuesday protested epileptic power supply and outrageous bills sent to consumers in the area.
The protesters blocked the entrance to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company office in Kuje and carried placards with the inscription: “Stop giving us electricity bills without light.”
The leader of the protesters, Princess Oge, told the News Agency of Nigeria that AEDC sends them electricity bills regularly without regular supply of electricity.
Oge said AEDC had no reason billing consumers for the months of February to June since there was complete power outage during the period.
She said: “Since the beginning of this year we have not had electricity in this area, yet we receive electricity bills every month.
“In the interest of peace and harmonious relation, I call on AEDC to cancel the bills since there was no supply of power within the period.
“We are also appealing to the government to come to our aid to address this problem to avoid fracas that may likely break out if this problem is not resolved.”
The protesters vowed to resist payment of electricity bills from February to June and urged AEDC to reverse the charges.
Blessing Eze, another protester, who spoke to NAN, said distribution of bills without power supply was not in the interest of the community.
Eze said billing of consumers after several months of complete power outage was a violation of their right.
She said they would resist any attempt by AEDC to embark on disconnection in the area.
She said: “It will amount to disservice and extortion if AEDC will make consumers in Kuje to pay for what was not consumed in spite of complete power outage.
“We did not see electricity for over five months and I do not know how they manufactured the bills they distributed to us.”
Efforts made by NAN to speak with Hajiya Yusuf Manager, the Kuje Business Unit of AEDC, did not yield result as she declined to speak to journalists on the issue.